Sunday, January 20, 2013

Highlights: Jazz Performance by Patience Reich at Walkertown Library

When you want to catch a jazz concert, the public library may not be the first venue that comes to mind.  But this afternoon the Walkertown library hosted a special music event featuring Patience Reich in a performance of Jazz Ballads from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.  It was a comfortable and cozy way to enjoy a live performance on a Saturday afternoon, and like all events at the library it was FREE to attend.

With the stage transformed to a skyline at sunset and set with dinner for two, Ms. Reich's performance and choice of songs told a story in a conceptual format that was a cross between a traditional concert and a play.

Patience Reich performs "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" by Frank Sinatra

Patience ReichPatience Reich was born in Minneapolis, MN and spent her formative years in Cameroon, Central Africa.

While she was influenced by traditional and popular African music, Classical music, Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms her earliest and most enduring influences come from great American Pop music.

With an ability to sing in many styles and languages (including French, Spanish, multiple African languages and Arabic), Patience is musically incredibly versatile.

Patience currently lives in Winston-Salem.

Patience Reich performs "You Go to My Head"  

It was a great pleasure to attend this performance.  Many thanks to Patience Reich for brightening our day with her beautiful talent and also to the Walkertown Library for hosting her.  This was a wonderful debut for what we hope will transcend into a series of musical performances showcasing local performers in our area.

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